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FEATURES 21 San Ramon Valley is home to 17 sex offenders Three live by parks, another by an elementary school



22 Drugs, handcuffs, arrests: Danville proves to be anything but quiet Reporter sees action on police ride-along 25 Alamo is giving a party, and everyone is invited 29th annual Music and Wine Festival is Sept. 10

DEPARTMENTS 6 Our Views Making choices 26 Health Five male weight loss myths — and the truth behind them 28 Goings on Calendar of events in the San Ramon Valley



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OUR VIEWS Making choices


What’s your favorite restaurant? Where do you like to buy your groceries? What’s the best place for a first date? In this issue we announce the winners in our Readers Choice contests in which residents voted online for their favorite things in Danville and in San Ramon. Looking over the winners of the dozens of categories reinforced for us just how much this area has to offer. We hear oldtimers — and not such oldtimers — talk about how not so long ago they had to travel to San Francisco for good entertainment, to buy the latest fashions, or to enjoy a gourmet meal. Now people find everything they need right here. This is good not only for our gas tanks but because it supports our local businesses to keep our community thriving. Also, such purchases keep our tax dollars local, which is important for providing public services in this time of tight municipal budgets. A purchase made in Danville or San Ramon helps out that city’s bottom line. Even if you sometimes go to Walnut Creek or Pleasanton for the convenience of their malls, it helps your city if you return home to buy your groceries, fill up at the gas station, or go to the drugstore. Let’s choose to spend our money at home. —Our Views are just that as we explore subjects that pique our interest. What are your views? Let us know at:

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his year we held the second annual Readers Choice for everyone to vote for their favorite things in Danville and San Ramon. Before that, we held the contest for three years in the Danville Weekly. Ballots were online at and for a month, enabling readers time to cast their votes. We hope your vote was counted! If not, keep an eye out for the contest next year. Meanwhile, enjoy the results of this year’s contest. We always like to learn what places and services our readers choose. It’s a good chance to hear about new things — and to remember the old. The winners will also be posted on our websites. As usual, we welcome comments, either on the sites or to or JESSICA LIPSKY

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AROUND TOWN Best Auto Dealership — Dirito Brothers in Walnut Creek. One of the largest Volkswagen dealers in the country, this family-owned business has received several awards for customer service.


Best Danville Area Real Estate Office/Realtor — J. Rockliff. With offices in Danville, Blackhawk, Pleasanton and Livermore, J. Rockliff Realtors is one of the fastest growing companies in the state. Its relocation department provides home buying or selling assistance around the corner or across the globe.


Best Kept Secret Treasure of Danville — Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Located in the renovated Southern Pacific Train Depot on Railroad and Prospect, the Museum is a must-see for a perspective on the town’s history. Best Mortgage Broker/Brokerage — Bank of America, Jim Black. Mortgages are tricky business. Whether you need to refinance, redesign or just have someone repeat the information, our readers like Jim Black for his nearly 20 years of experience. Best Senior Living Facility — Diablo Lodge. Lush and plush, this is the best place to relax and enjoy a lifetime of labor. If raucous and rowdy are more your style, one reader suggests visiting Elliott’s bar. Best Travel Agency — Danville Travel. When the Internet just

won’t do, residents turn to staff at this agency for all their challenging itineraries and unique destinations.

HEALTH & BEAUTY Best Day Spa — Tribez. With a wide range of skin care treatments and massage services, our readers go to Tribez for a relaxing hour — or day — of pampering. Best Fitness Club — ClubSport San Ramon. Located at the top of Bollinger Canyon Road, this lavish gym includes spa services, a pool and a variety of classes. Catch up on your favorite television shows while getting in shape. Best Hair Salon for Men — Sport Clips. Television, shoulder rubs and a clean cut — get what you don’t at home at this malefocused salon. It has locations in Danville and San Ramon. Best Hair Salon for Women — Tribez. Looking for more than uptight up-dos and tired trims? Our readers visit Tribez’s 38 stylists for the latest looks. Best Manicure/Pedicure — Bollinger Nails. If your dogs are barkin’, ease their troubles with a relaxing spa pedicure. Hardworking hands get the royal treatment. Best Martial Arts Studio — America’s Best Karate. Kids of all ages and levels can kick, punch and spar their way to better

DANVILLE READERS CHOICE WINNERS self-esteem and fitness. Best Place to Walk, Jog or Bike — Iron Horse Trail. Rollerblades and scooters are also acceptable along the 33-mile stretch of former railroad. Best Yoga/Pilates — Danville Yoga Center. Various levels of yogis practice the sun salutation at this serene studio.

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SHOPPING Best Art Gallery — Blackhawk Gallery. This gallery, located in Blackhawk Plaza, is run by the members of the Alamo-Danville Artists’ Society. It’s a great place to browse for a piece of local art. Best Athletic Apparel Store — Forward Motion. Start with the shoes and go from there. Its Race Club is the leader for recreational runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes. Best Bicycle Shop — California Peddler. This shop on Hartz has everything for cycling needs, from the bike itself to replacement parts, accessories, people to give you advice and jerseys featuring the California bear on a bike. Best Bookstore — Rakestraw Books. Stop in to browse, buy the latest bestseller or see what’s new. Staff will order any book so

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Best Discount Store — Rick’s Picks. Everyone loves a deal but no one more than Rick Hirshberg, who makes a livelihood by sharing his best bargains with his customers at his shops on Hartz Avenue in Danville and on Main Street in Pleasanton.

Best Wine Store — Beverages and More. The store on Diablo Road offers 333 wines but prices are best during 5 cent sales when it’s buy one, get the second one for a nickel. It also has tastings.

Best Florist — East Bay Florists. Located in the Livery, this shop is lovely inside and out. For special occasions or just because — say it with flowers. Best Framing Shop — Richard’s Arts and Crafts. Head to the back of Richard’s in Alamo to view readymade frames and molding for custom frames or to do it yourself, with the help of staff. Best Grocery Store — Trader Joe’s. Its inventory is smaller than that of supermarkets, which is how it keeps prices low. TJs has all the basics plus fresh foods, packaged and frozen from appetizers to entrees to desserts to make your eating interesting and nutritious. Best Hobby/Craft Store — Richard’s Arts and Crafts. We dare you to walk through this store without considering taking up a crafty hobby, from beading to artificial flower arranging to scrapbooking. It’s also holiday headquarters. Best Home Accessories — Elegant Clutter. Now that the basics are in place, head to the Livery to buy those finishing touches for your home. The store is relaxing and well-appointed, just as your home can be. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Best Home Consignment Shop — Home Consignment Center. This is one of those places that should be on everyone’s regular route as the inventory changes often and you never know what is in store for you. It also carries vintage and contemporary jewelry.


Best Home Furnishings — Elegant Clutter. Comfortable and eye-catching, the furnishings are sure to tempt you. Be sure to visit the sale room.


Best Jewelry Store — Smith Jewelers. This full-service jeweler has everything that sparkles, from diamonds to watches to Waterford crystal. It also has custom made 14K gold charms of the Danville Oak Tree. Best Maternity Store — Snickerdoodles. This upscale children’s resale boutique also has a maternity section so you can look great while awaiting the big event. Best Men’s Clothing Store — McCaulou’s. This store carries the basics for men, from Levi’s to Columbia, which may be why our readers like it.

Best Women’s Clothing Store — Chico’s. Maybe it’s the slimming jeans, the trendy jackets, the T-shirts that wear well through a thousand washings, or the chunky jewelry.

EPICURE Best American Food Restaurant — Esin Restaurant and Bar. Owners Curtis and Esin deCarion say they create American fare with Mediterranean influences, all fresh and seasonal. Our readers say they love it. Best Bakery — Danville Old Towne Bakery. Cupcakes just like your mom used to make. Bite-sized cookies to complete a meal. Multitiered cakes for special occasions. Our readers recommend this bakery, which opened in 1952. Best Breakfast — Katy’s Korner. Who knew eggs benedict could be prepared so many ways? Our readers, who chose this restaurant in San Ramon as their favorite. Corned beef hash also comes recommended. Best Burger — Tower Grille. The Tower Burger is half a pound of ground certified Angus, and it comes with a side of french fries, buffalo fries, garlic fries, soup, salad, fruit, mashed potatoes or potato salad. A Tower Turkey Burger is also on the menu. Best California Cuisine/Innovative Dining — The Peasant and the Pear. “Great food is fresh food” is the mantra at the Pear, which is why its menu is seasonal, an important aspect of California cuisine. The chefs continually surprise with their creations from fresh ingredients. Best Chinese Restaurant — Uncle Yu’s. This restaurant, with three branches including one in San Ramon, offers traditional Szechuan fare plus innovative contemporary dishes. Best Deli — Domenico’s. Forty meats and 30 cheeses to be mixed and matched on fresh artisan bread delivered daily. Yum! Add one of the 60 homemade rotating salads, and go next door to Domenico’s Café afterward for its famous gelato. Best Dessert — Café Esin. Choices range from a classic crëme brulee to a bittersweet chocolate fudge brownie with caramel pecan sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. Or enjoy cheese with dessert wine.

Best Place to Buy a Gift — Elegant Clutter. This shop offers chic items in all price ranges to make gift-giving easier.

Best Fresh Produce — Danville Farmers Market. The sellers take pride in the produce and are helpful with cooking tips. The market also has specialty food items and fresh flowers at good prices.

Best Shoe Store — Shuz of Danville. Looking for comfortable shoes

Best Ice Cream/Yogurt Shop — Yogurt Shack. This family-owned

DANVILLE READERS CHOICE WINNERS shop has expanded to three locations but the one on Hartz at Diablo Road is the favorite here. Its website lists the day’s flavors, which always include non-dairy, low-fat and no-sugar. Best Italian Restaurant — Piatti’s. Lunch, brunch and dinner — it’s Italian! With a separate menu for food service at the bar. The ambience is great, too, with an open kitchen and stone pizza hearth. Best Independent Coffeehouse — Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Our readers must be Peetniks — they’re real fans of Peet’s coffee. Or maybe it’s the location our readers love, right off the Iron Horse Trail. Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Restaurant — Faz Restaurant and Bar. Owner Faz Poursohi grew up in Tehran, where he learned to love cooking. Our readers crave the kabobs but in the summertime the redwood grove in the Hartz Avenue restaurant is also a draw. Best Mexican Restaurant — Maria Maria. The stunning décor at this restaurant in the Rose Garden and the menu are inspired by legendary musician Carlos Santana. The Mexican dishes may be traditional but the approach is innovative. Best Outdoor Dining — Bridges. It’s hard to believe when sitting on the pleasant Bridges patios that you are only a few short steps from the hustle and bustle of Hartz Avenue. Its gardens have inspired many a patio in Danville.

Best Pizza — Amici’s. This “East Coast pizzeria” is, luckily for our readers, located on the West Coast, right in the Rose Garden. The traditional Italian brick oven melds the flavors and produces crispy yet slightly chewy crusts. Best Place for a Business Lunch — Bridges. Enjoy a good meal while talking business in this quiet setting with good service. Lunch menu includes small plates, salads, sandwiches and more. Best Romantic Restaurant — Bridges. Day or night, the bridge mural on the wall is a perfect backdrop for couples who want mainly to gaze into each other’s eyes. Best Salad — The Peasant and the Pear. Caesar, Cobb, Waldorf, Nicoise are on the menu, along with the Bishop Ranch and the Black and Blue, which is pan-seared grass-fed fi let mignon tips and Point Reyes Blue Cheese on romaine with blue cheese dressing, topped with crispy fried onions. Best Sushi/Japanese Restaurant — Tie: Kane Sushi Japanese Cuisine; Fish on Fire Sushi Bar and Grill. Kane, on north Hartz, specializes in rolls, many named after the patrons who invented and requested them. Fish on Fire, in Town and Country Shopping Center, has great sushi as well as tempura and teriyaki. Best Take-out Restaurant — High Tech Burrito. Burritos are fast,


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KIDS & PETS Best Children’s Clothing Store — Snickerdoodles. Get the hippest children’s fashions at the cheapest prices. This consignment center is also a treasure trove of toys and decorations. Best Pet Groomer — Shampooches. Dirty dogs get clean at this competitively priced, professional grooming salon. Cats, too! Best Pet Sitter — Paws and Claws Pet Sitting. This independent owner provides sitting services as well as dog walking and a pet taxi. Best Store for Pets — Pet Food Express. Express your love for your pets by attending its in-store events, self-service pet wash and checking out all the food that’s fit to feed.


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Best Tutoring School — On Track Learning. Help your student get ahead with private or small group tutoring, math clubs and transitional training. Best Veterinarian — Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. Discerning pets and their people like the convenience of one-stop shopping. For food, pharmacy and emergency services needs, our readers visit Bishop Ranch.

HOME & VEHICLE MAINTENANCE Best Antique Store — Cottage Jewel. This boutique has one-of-akind treasures for the home and to wear. Like any treasure hunt, it goes on and on — stop in to this downtown shop often. Best Car Repair — Danville Service Center. Readers rave about the work done at this shop on Linda Mesa. Work is good and timely, prices are fair, and customers and their cars are treated well, say reviews. Best Car Wash — Tie: Sponges, Chamois Hand Car Wash. Sure, you can wash the car yourself in the driveway but who wants to? And don’t you always miss a spot? Best Flooring Store — Diablo Flooring. This place has a wide selection of flooring, from pure wool carpets to stylish tiles to hardwood floors to laminates, bamboo, vinyl and everything in between.


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DANVILLE READERS CHOICE WINNERS Best Hardware Store — Tassajara Valley Ace Hardware. This store offers the convenience and helpful staff of an old-fashioned downtown hardware store. Best Home Improvement Contractor — Gayler Construction. Looking to upgrade your kitchen? Your bathroom? How about the whole house? Our readers like Gayler for beautiful, long-lasting remodels. Best Interior Designer — J. Hettinger Interiors. These people have ideas galore and solutions for every design problem. Jerry’s mission is to bring joy and fulfillment to every client. Best Nursery/Garden Center — Navlet’s. Plants from ground covers to trees and everything in between keep our readers returning to this anchor of the Rose Garden. Don’t forget to buy bird seed. Best Tire Store/Service Center — Big O Tires. The four big O’s that hold up your vehicle are just as important as the engine and our readers recommend this shop for its large inventory and dependable service.

OUT AND ABOUT Best Golf Course — Blackhawk Country Club. These two 18-hole, par 72 championship courses make dramatic use of natural terrain and water features and keep getting more beautiful as the landscape matures. Best Happy Hour — Bridges. Its happy hour menu is renowned

throughout the region as the best place for a good light meal in beautiful surroundings with a wide choice of libations. Best Place for a Picnic — Mount Diablo. Drive it, bike it, hike it, visit for the day or the night — and remember the picnic! In the springtime you may dine to a backdrop of wildflowers. Best Place for Dancing — Meenar’s. I guess it ain’t called Meenar’s Music Club for nothing. Folks come from far and wide to dance here. Best Place to Get Together With Friends — That Bar. This lively place on Prospect Avenue with its dueling piano bar quickly caught on as a great venue for spending the evening with friends. Best Place to Have a First Date — The Peasant and the Pear. Great food and place for conversation, which are the ticket for a successful date, whether the first or one of many. The eatery is tucked away off Hartz so a walk through downtown Danville can prolong the evening. Best Place to People Watch — Starbucks on Hartz Avenue. This corner is arguably the busiest in town and a lot of the traffic is on foot. Patrons can also watch the construction at the Veterans Hall. Best Public Event — Fourth of July Parade. This red, white and blue extravaganza is a true community celebration, and the DanvilleExpress. com/ Marching Band always places first. ■

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Best auto dealership — Lawrence Volvo in Walnut Creek. An experienced sales staff exudes enthusiasm and encourages residents to browse their online inventory and schedule a test drive. They even help find the best financing option.

Best Day Spa — Ma Jolie Salon and Spa. Designed to be the ultimate destination for pampering, owner Karen Phillips and staff offer the latest trends and artistic techniques to transform mind, body and soul.

Best kept secret treasure of San Ramon — The Glass House. Step back in time and visit the elaborately decorated home of David and Eliza Glass, built in 1877. The San Ramon Historic Foundation offers tours on the second Saturday of every month.

Best Fitness Club — ClubSport of San Ramon. Pump iron, shoot hoops and cardio kick your way to peak levels of fitness at this luxurious club. Amenities include a pool, spa services and personal training.

Best senior living facility — Villa San Ramon. The friendly, flexible environment offers tailored solutions to varied resident needs. Villa San Ramon offers three chef-prepared meals daily, scheduled transportation and access to nearby parks, restaurants and shopping. Best travel agency — AAA Travel. Whether you’re planning a family vacation to Disneyland or need a map of Memphis, friendly staff will take care of all your travel needs. This location also offers DMV services to AAA members.

Best Hair Salon for Men — Sport Clip. Specializing in only men and boy’s hair, staff at sport clips will give you the MVP treatment. Watch sports on television while receiving a neck massage and steamed towel treatment — all in about 20 minutes. Best Hair Salon for Women — Ma Jolie Salon and Spa. Reasonably priced haircuts in a luxurious setting as well as hair repair services and styling for all occasions. Best Manicure/Pedicure — Bollinger Nail Salon. Get your nails buffed, scrubbed and polished at this relaxing, brightly lit


Best martial arts studio — Tao Sports in Danville. Master Rick Kemsley has been taking Taekwondo since 1978 and opened this studio with the intention of building student’s self-esteem through fitness and character development. Best place to walk, jog or bike — Iron Horse Trail. Skate, walk, bike or run the right of way of the former Southern Pacific Railroad, established in 1891 and abandoned in 1971. Stretching across several counties, this multi-use trail is the most fun you’ll have for 33 straight miles. Best yoga/pilates — FIT Personal Fitness Studio. Staff at this Danville downtown studio provides much-needed relief from “warehouse” gyms with personal training and the most technologically advanced cardio and resistance machines.

SHOPPING Best Art Gallery — Lindsay Dirkx Brown. See what local artists have to offer at this gallery run by the city of San Ramon. It’s at the city’s community center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., and has a different gallery exhibit each month. Best Athletic Apparel Store — Tennis Trophies & Tee Time in Danville. Frank and Linda Haswell have put together a great staff, trained to make sure your shoes, clothing and equipment all fit perfectly. Big children’s selection, too. Best Bicycle Shop — Performance Bike in Dublin. Offering a great selection of bikes, bike parts, helmets, shoes, jerseys and shorts at the best prices, a low-price guarantee and the Spin Doctors to repair and customize all brands of bikes. Best Bookstore — Bay Books. This family-owned shop has a great selection of books that changes daily, with half new and half used and rare, and a staff happy to make suggestions on something new to read. Best Discount Store — Tuesday Morning in Danville. Name brand merchandise — the same stuff you’d find at upscale department stores — with “legendary savings” for your kitchen, bedroom, bath, home, toys, kids and pets. New merchandise arrives every week and special deals, you guessed it, on Tuesday mornings. Best Florist — Crow Canyon Florist. A family owned and operated business committed to offering the finest floral arrangements and gifts and dedicated to making your experience pleasant. Best Grocery Store — Whole Foods. Half the fun of shopping at Whole Foods is checking out the free samples. We may stop by to pick up something fresh for dinner but somehow always manage to

drop $10 at the immense salad bar. Best Hobby/Craft Store — Tie: Richard’s Arts & Crafts in Alamo and Michaels in Dublin. Guys’ names are usually more associated with power tools than crafts, but our readers trust the homegrown Richard’s, with two local stores and its bigger cousin, Michaels, the Wal-Mart of crafts stores. Best Home Accessories — Home Consignment Center. Begun in Danville in 1994, Home Consignment Center had a simple business plan: great stuff at great prices and a fun place to shop. The company has become huge but still remains a two-family business. Best Men’s Clothing Store — Patrick James of Danville. There’s something James Bondish about the name Patrick James, but look for West Coast Classic styles here as well as English tweeds. Patrick and his sons Mike, Patrick Jr. and Clay are building an empire based on quality clothing. Best Place to Buy a Gift — Just a Little Something Gift Shop in Danville. The name says it all. There’s something for everyone and every occasion and it offers complimentary gift wrapping. Best Shoe Store — Hartz & Soles. When you feel like a heel, you can pick up a little sole at this Danville shoe shop. It has a great selection of stylish shoes and sandals from around $50 to $300. Customers rave about its service, too. Best Women’s Clothing Store — Loehmann’s in San Ramon. With designer fashion at 30 percent to 65 percent less than department stores. Any given day you’ll find names like Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg or Dolce & Gabbana.

EPICURE Best American Food Restaurant — Brass Door. Established in 1955 when the total population was a little over 100, the Brass Door has been around since before San Ramon was San Ramon. Great steaks, fresh fish and salads, but no one can remember why it was called the Brass Door, except that it has one. Best Bakery — City of D’lights. Now at a larger location in San Ramon Square, with a new look, new menu and a new name — Cafe Attila. It’s now named for Chef Attila Gogos, the creative force behind the beauty and flavor of this Readers Choice favorite for cakes and pastries. Don’t forget its wedding cakes. Best Breakfast — Ruggie’s Restaurant. Gotta love a place that serves breakfast all day. Patrons love the service, the fresh food and the large portions. The folks here don’t take themselves too seriously, either: You can order “one measly egg” or a “slightly deformed waffle” off the kid’s menu.


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SAN RAMON READERS CHOICE WINNERS Best Burger — In-N-Out Burger. One food critic called the In-N-Out burger the “burger of burgers,” and burgers are all they do. The long lines just make finally getting that Double Double with cheese and onions all the sweeter.

to stop at City of D’lights (now Cafe Attila and at a new, larger location) for an applewood bacon and cheese scone, the rum- and espresso-soaked ladyfingers or the cappuccino, lemon poppyseed, blueberry or almond muffins.

Best California Cuisine/Innovative Dining — Esin Restaurant & Bar. Café Esin is consistently named our Readers Choice. Kudos to husband and wife chef team Curtis and Esin deCarion, their inventive use of fresh ingredients and their six dessert specials a day (on top of the regular choices on the menu).

Best Ice Cream/Yogurt Shop — Cold Stone Creamery. Nobody serves up the ultimate indulgence like Cold Stone: the highest quality ingredients all blended on a frozen granite stone. Founders Donald and Susan Sutherland were driven by their passion to create the world’s best ice cream.

Best Chinese Restaurant — Uncle Yu’s. Traditional Chinese cuisine melded with modern styles, so you can get anything from hot and sour soup and Mongolian beef to contemporary specials like smoked salmon on a bed of cucumber noodle, baby spinach, and sautéed with a shitake mushroom soy vinaigrette. Uncle Yu’s had been our Readers Choice for years.

Best Independent Coffee House — Has Beans. This mom and pop coffee house has been around for 25 years, and the owners take a special pride in personal customer service. People love the prices, too.

Best Deli — Erik’s Deli. Erik’s relies on the same keys to success it did when it started in 1973: a warm atmosphere, fast, friendly service and quality food. Slow-simmered soups, fresh salads and bakery goods are made from scratch using family recipes and only the freshest ingredients. Best Dessert — City of D’lights. People will drive out of their way

Best Italian Restaurant — Giuseppe’s. Giuseppe’s was established in 1998, and owner Joseph Marra has a passion for great food and a degree in enology, the study of wines. A popular favorite for early 13 years, plus, it’s housed in an old bank, which makes for great conversation. Best Mexican Restaurant — Casa Orozco in Dublin. Hard work and Mama’s recipes have made this place a popular favorite since it opened in 1984. It’s no wonder our readers take the drive from San Ramon to Dublin for the food here. Me gusta Casa Orozco.




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Best Place for a Business Lunch — Giuseppe’s. Linen napkins and tablecloths, fantastic food and a great lineup of wines make Giuseppe’s a great place to impress a client. Food always tastes better when someone else is paying.

Best Salad — Saladz n’ More. Now Fresh Millions, this place is committed to serving organic, sustainably grown ingredients whenever possible. Made to order, hand tossed salads, with organic lettuces, housemade dressings, shrimp or bacon, with freshly baked bread on the side. Best Sushi/Japanese Restaurant — Little Madfish. This Japanese restaurant is taking the East Bay by storm. Recently opened in San Ramon, Little Madfish offers 55 different rolls and sashimi but it also has Japanese noodle soups, charbroiled dishes, Japanese curry, rice bowls and Bento boxes. Best Take-out Restaurant — Ha’s. Clean, modern and cozy, Ha’s offers great food in the $10 range. Great potstickers and honey walnut prawns and a lunch special even on weekends. Get there early, though — the kitchen closes at 9 most nights. Best Thai Restaurant — Thai Café. Tasty food at reasonable prices and a friendly staff, which is why Thai Café is a consistent Readers Choice. Thai one on.

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SAN RAMON READERS CHOICE WINNERS selection of veterinarian prescription diets in the Tri-Valley. Best tutoring school — Tutoring Club. Whether your child is falling behind or trying to get ahead, staff promise results in just 32 hours of work. Best Veterinarian — Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center. Featuring primary care, emergency services, boarding, grooming and much more, Valley residents and their furry friends are in good hands — or paws.

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Best Hardware Store — Ace Hardware. John Madden aside, Ace Hardware in Danville is probably the closest thing to those old-fashioned hardware stores where the guys knew every widget they had in stock. Best Home Consignment Store — Home Consignment Center, Danville. If you selling, they sell fast and pay fast and no one has to come to your home. If you’re buying, they have truckloads of high quality furniture arriving daily. Best Home Furnishings — Home Consignment Center. As Home Consignment Center’s sales have grown, furniture factories have started to consign their samples, closeouts, overruns or other products directly to the stores, meaning great deals on new furniture, too. Best Nursery/Garden Center — Navlet’s in Danville. Navlet’s has been a local institution for more than 100 years. They’re experts in the Bay Area’s micro-climates, and they offer classes and online how-to guides, too.

OUT & ABOUT Best Golf Course — San Ramon Golf Club. This is an excellent public course where you can play a round for as little as $17 on a weekday evening. San Ramon Golf Club is known for its meticulous greens and its 9th hole island green. Tee up and let it fly, and if you can find your ball, do it again. Best Happy Hour — Izzy’s Steakhouse and Chops. San Ramon’s secret happy hour, with pork sliders, grilled asparagus and breaded shrimp among the items on the menu for $4 to $6 and well drinks on the cheap. Feeling brave? Try the cucumber martini. Best Place for a Picnic — Central Park. Sundays in Central Park in July mean simple pleasures: great music, dancing on the grass and chatting with friends. On other nights, just enjoy the well-groomed lawns and the laughter of kids and parents playing together. Best Place for Dancing — ShBoom. This place draws a more mature crowd and is great for old school soul, with bachata classes the second Wednesday of the month. Just remember, when you “get down” you gotta be able to get back up! Best Place to Get Together With Friends — HopYard Alehouse and Grill. An amazing selection of beer, great burgers, garlic fries and a patio. No wonder the HopYard has been our Readers Choice for years. Best Place to Have a First Date — Mt. Diablo State Park. The views make this a great place for a date, and the sunsets are breathtaking. Best Public Event — Art & Wind Festival. Hot air balloons, kites, dancing and vendors, this festival on Memorial Day weekend includes over 200 arts and crafts booths and entertainment on three stages. The perfect cure for the kids’ complaint: “I’m bored.” ■


San Ramon Valley is home to 17 sex offenders While San Ramon and Danville both enjoy reputations of being squeaky clean, there are currently 16 registered sex offenders — along with another in Alamo — living in the area. That’s not counting a list of others either serving time or awaiting trial. Among them: a former sheriff’s deputy accused of molesting three children, an ex-Cub Scout leader serving time for child pornography, a former substitute teacher arrested on drug and child pornography charges, and two recent graduates of San Ramon Valley High School arrested or serving time for sex-related charges. Of the 11 men in San Ramon currently on the sex offender registry, one man convicted of a sex crime involving a child lives near Village Green Park. Two others, also convicted of sex crimes against children, live near Athan Downs Park, while a third — also convicted of a sex crime involving a child — lives not far from Twin Creeks Elementary School. San Ramon also has three men who don’t have to disclose their addresses to the state because of the nature of their crimes, and one transient, whose address is unavailable. Four Danville residents are on the registry, known as the Megan’s Law database. Of them, only two have to disclose their addresses because of their convictions; neither of them lives near a park or school,

as is the case with the single Alamo resident on the database. While studies show that sex offenders in general and pedophiles in particular have high recidivism rates, those in the area are being closely monitored, according to local police. Contra Costa County has a detective assigned to keep tabs on the 350 or so sex offenders in the county, including those in Danville. Those offenders are required to register with the Sheriff’s Office every year around their birthdays, according to spokesman Jimmy Lee. He said random address verifications are also conducted by the Contra County Sheriff’s Office. Those who are on the state’s Megan’s Law database must re-register within five days of their birthdays; those who do not are likely

to get a reminder from police and could ultimately wind up back in prison if they don’t comply with the law. Lee said deputies also conduct random sweeps throughout the year, usually in conjunction with other agencies. “These sweeps throughout the county are done to confirm they are living where they say they are living, that they are meeting the conditions of their probation or parole, and to see if they are committing any new offenses,” he explained. San Ramon Police Department also conducts random checks, according to Lt. Dan Pratt. “The SRPD Investigation Division and Contra Costa County have personnel and teams that periodically go out to the homes of sex offenders to ensure they are living where they say they are and are abiding by the terms of their probation or parole,” Pratt said. The Megan’s Law website is maintained by local police agencies. When a convicted offender moves away or into an area, police are notified and update their lists. The registry is named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and murdered in New Jersey in 1994. Lee noted a section on the database that offers tips on “How To Protect Yourself and Your Family.” ■



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When I was told that I would be riding along in a patrol car of the Danville Police Department, I expected to watch traffic stops and cell phone violations, which would have been satisfying enough. Instead, I was lucky to experience what Danville officers consider a busy night. As soon as I arrived at the Police Department late Wednesday, Sgt. Jack Seidman informed me that I would be riding with Officer of the Quarter Tony Maldonado to take someone who was in custody to County Jail in Martinez. The last time I took a trip to the jail was for a third-grade field trip and luckily I hadn’t been back since. In the patrol car, a crackle of a radio sounded and Maldonado explained that Danville is on the same channel as San Ramon, the Valley Station, and part of Martinez. He said that it’s good to hear what is going on in the area. The young man in custody sat in the back seat sporting a T-shirt with the word “Hustler” written across the chest. The young man was arrested in Danville for possession of narcotics, specifically Oxycontin, an addictive prescription painkiller. He seemed to be familiar with the drive to the jail and later Maldonado told me that he had been arrested before. “We familiarize ourselves with people and know who the troublemakers are,” Maldonado said. Before entering the jail, Maldonado told me that he is required to remove his weapons for safety reasons. While the individual sat glumly on a bench waiting, Maldonado motioned for me to come over. He pointed to an officer scraping white powder into a bag. I was informed that the white power was methamphetamine that an individual had in his possession. Apparently the suspect had stored it in a place where the sun doesn’t shine, hoping


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to not get caught with it. Inside the jail, I was able to see the booking process for the individual, including his mug shots, and I witnessed the individual’s attitude change from tough guy to guilty suspect. “Danville kids think they’re gangsters and then they come (to jail) and meet real ones,” Maldonado said. On the way back to Danville, I was curious about the laptop that sat in the middle of the car. Maldonado said that every patrol vehicle has one and it is used for communication. It also has the capability to scan license plate numbers; Maldonado even let me run a plate! “You never know if that car right there may be stolen,” he said. The car was a gold Mercedes that belonged to an older woman and, not surprisingly, the record was clean. Back in Danville, I was expecting to witness Maldonado pull over speeders and cell phone abusers. Instead, the night became even more suspenseful. We drove past a house that Maldonado said he needed to keep an eye on. He was expecting a car to be in the driveway but unfortunately it wasn’t there when we drove by. After patrolling the area once, we passed the house again and the car was there. “That’s the car,” Maldonado said matter-of-

factly. It was a normal-looking white Toyota Yaris, with two females in it. My heart raced and I experienced the rush that Maldonado had said he got from being a police officer. Maldonado called his partner, Officer Mike Ireland, who was driving the K-9 vehicle. The exchanges between the two officers were strategic and straight to the point. “Find a reason to pull her over,” Ireland said. Maldonado backed up strategically into a side street where he could see the vehicle if it happened to drive by. Ireland was on the other side of the house, with a direct view of the car. While we waited for something to happen, we watched the drivers use their cell phones and saw the vehicles speed past us. “I’d rather make an arrest than give a $35 ticket,” Maldonado explained. We waited for Ireland to update us about movement. The officers were determined to pull the driver over and find a reason to search her. She was suspected to have drugs; someone from the community had given the department the tip. “I’d like to say police work is skill but a lot of it is luck,” Maldonado said. Officer Ireland called to inform us that the two suspects were approaching the vehicle. It turned out to be a false alarm but it kept Maldonado (and me) alert. Maldonado said that every day brings something different. “My goal for the day is to go home in one piece,” he said. Ireland called again and this time it was the real deal. One of the females was only re-parking the car but Ireland was able to pull her over because he knew she had a revoked license. It gave Ireland and Maldonado a reason to further investigate the situation. Both officers got out of their vehicles and I was left alone with my thoughts. My heart raced and I had a good feeling something exciting would happen.


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Outside, the officers questioned the two women who seemed to force confused and innocent looks. They were patted down and one of the females covered her eyes. At fi rst, I thought she was upset. Instead, I observed that she was blocking out sunlight so Ireland could inspect her pupils to determine whether she was under the influence. I couldn’t tell what the verdict was but Maldonado came back to the car and re-parked it behind the K-9 vehicle. He informed me that both the females were under the influence. Ireland opened the door to his car and the canine, named Donna, was let out to further explore with her sharp nose. Meanwhile, I observed that cars passing by slowed and heads were turned away from the road in hopes of getting a glance at what was going on. I relished the fact that I had a front row seat to the state of affairs. Ireland led one of the females in handcuffs to the vehicle I was sitting in. She was put in the backseat and the door was shut. It was just me and the suspect. In the meantime, the other woman was further questioned and I noticed her body language was aggressive. She was also handcuffed and led to the vehicle I sat in. I was told to get out of the vehicle and I stood on the sidewalk where the females had once been. On the hood of the K-9 vehicle, there were pill boxes, bags and cans that Donna must have found. The women were arrested for possession of narcotics. “It’s not like this all the time,” Maldonado said. Sgt. Seidman had showed up and informed me that my night of entertainment was over. The females were taken to County Jail. The next day, Maldonado provided me with follow-up information. He informed me that the aggressive female had been strip searched and a half-ounce of methamphetamine was found in her “private area.” Maldonado said he was just glad to get more dope off the streets. “It’s been very productive for us, which is a good thing,” he said. Officer Maldonado has been in the force for a total of 11 years. He’s worked in Richmond, Martinez and Danville. Since the beginning of the quarter, Maldonado has worked the swing shift from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Thursday. He feels proud to be part of the department and is delighted when people acknowledge him. “It’s rewarding to be noticed,” he said. Residents of the San Ramon Valley must remember that shenanigans occur even in the “Valley bubble” just as they do everywhere else. The police work to prevent mischief. “We get in the car and it’s game time,” Maldonado said. Sgt. Seidman said that police officers are just normal guys with no big egos — but they take their job seriously. ■


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Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville.


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Museum of the San Ramon Valley, at the corner of Railroad and Prospect avenues in Danville, will host a quilts exhibit until Sept. 25. Note: The museum will be closed Sept. 27-30. Call 837-3750.

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Sept. 11 12TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN TEA HONORING RUTH QUAYLE BOONE Help honor Ruth Quayle Boone at the 12th annual


Children learn to use fire extinguishers during a demonstration at last year’s preparedness fair.

Victorian Tea from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11,

San Ramon Library Art Gallery will host

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San Ramon Valley Citizens Corps Council

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Sept. 5 HEARTLAND DANVILLE ANTIQUE AND ART FAIRE Discover Danville will host the Heartland Danville Antique and Art Faire from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 5, in downtown Danville, with antique appraisals at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Visit


Admission is free. There will be a preview sale


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Orientation and Training for the Glass House Museum from 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the farm, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Reservations are required; contact Dolores at 829-4654 or

Sept. 10 BLACKHAWK BARGAIN BASEMENT SALE The Blackhawk Museum Guild is presenting its second Bargain Basement Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11, at the Blackhawk

at the San Ramon Community Center, 12501

10TH ANNIVERSARY 9-11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY San Ramon Valley Exchange Club and local veterans will host the 10th anniversary

will host an Emergency Preparedness Fair from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at 655 Old Orchard Road, Danville. Visit

ceremony in remembrance of the 9-11 attack, from 5:45-6:45 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road, Danville. Visit

the 75th anniversary of the esteemed playwright receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature with a production of “Mourning Becomes Electra,”

Sept. 13

a symposium on this play, and a class on


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The club will host its annual Kick-Off Brunch from 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Sept. 13. Any women new to the area or long-time residents interested in making new friends and getting together for social activities can call 775-3233 or visit

MEET MAGICIAN TIMOTHY JAMES San Ramon Library will host magician Timothy James at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the library, 100 Montgomery St. Call 973-2850.

O’Neill, all in Danville. Visit www.eugeneoneill.

Sept. 18 DANVILLE D’ELEGANCE Christie James Jewelers and the Parkinson’s Institute will host Danville d’Elegance from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, on Hartz Avenue in Danville. Call 552-0310 or visit

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Sept. 16-18

to participate in the “Two Cities, One Tale”


reading “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,”

The 12th annual Eugene O’Neill Festival marks

book-sharing event from Sept. 19-Oct. 24, by available at the Danville and San Ramon Libraries.









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VIEWS 09.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the September 2011 edition of VIEWS

VIEWS 09.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the September 2011 edition of VIEWS